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Think Again – a Big Think Podcast

By Big Think / Panoply

We surprise some of the world's brightest minds with ideas they're not at all prepared to discuss. With host Jason Gots and special guests Neil Gaiman, Alan Alda, Salman Rushdie, Mary-Louise Parker, Richard Dawkins, Margaret Atwood, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Saul Williams, Henry Rollins, Bill Nye, George Takei, Maria Popova, and many more . . . You've got 10 minutes with Einstein. What do you talk about? Black holes? Time travel? Why not gambling? The Art of War? Contemporary parenting? Some of the best conversations happen when we're pushed outside of our comfort zones. So each week on Think Again, we surprise smart people you've probably heard of with hand-picked gems from Big Think's interview archives on every imaginable subject. The conversation could go anywhere. SINCE 2008, BIG THINK has captured on video the best ideas of the world’s leading thinkers and doers in every field, renowned experts including neurologist Oliver Sacks, physicist Stephen Hawking, behavioral psychologist Daniel Kahneman, authors Margaret Atwood and Marylinne Robinson, entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, painter Chuck Close, and philosopher Daniel Dennett.

  1. 1.
    177. Joseph Goldstein (Buddhist teacher) – Lighten Up: mindfulness, enlightenment, and everyday life01/12/2019
    1:13:13
  2. 2.
    176. Area 51 and the epistemology of the unexplained - Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell (filmmaker)12/22/2018
    1:01:36
  3. 3.
    175. Helen Riess (psychiatrist) – Empathy in the brain and the world12/15/2018
    46:03
  4. 4.
    174. Ruth Whippman (writer) – A mindful, productive, super-positive nation of nervous wrecks12/08/2018
    47:33
  5. 5.
    173. Wesley Yang (writer) - The Souls of Yellow Folk 12/01/2018
    55:24
  6. 6.
    172. A trans family in the holy land11/24/2018
    41:36
  7. 7.
    171. Michelle Thaller (NASA astronomer) on ​the multiple dimensions of space and human sexuality11/17/2018
    58:49
  8. 8.
    170. Lynsey Addario (photojournalist) – on art, love, and war 11/10/2018
    58:08
  1. 9.
    169. Ben Marcus' reality is only slightly askew from our own11/03/2018
    1:00:00
  2. 10.
    168. Michael Palin (writer and comic) – So long as there was laughter, I was safe10/27/2018
    52:50
  3. 11.
    167. Gary Shteyngart (writer) - Reality catches up to dystopian fiction10/20/2018
    53:10
  4. 12.
    166. Manoush Zomorodi (journalist) — How blockchain might save journalism. Maybe.10/13/2018
    50:01
  5. 13.
    165. Man Booker prize winners Olga Tokarczuk (author) and Jennifer Croft (translator) — As fact and fiction blur, America’s finally ready for Olga Tokarczuk10/06/2018
    48:00
  6. 14.
    164. Jill Lepore (Historian) – Why America keeps going to pieces09/29/2018
    48:25
  7. 15.
    163. Four Letter You – Merve Emre (scholar and critic) 09/22/2018
    39:35
  8. 16.
    162. Emily Nemens (Editor, The Paris Review) — The Literary Industrial Complex09/15/2018
    46:24
  9. 17.
    161. Congo: This Seemingly Impossible Knot – Daniel McCabe (documentary filmmaker)08/18/2018
    53:38
  10. 18.
    160. Bassem Youssef (political satirist) – Now I Have to Answer for This? 08/11/2018
    45:05
  11. 19.
    159. Change is Made by the Ones Who Stay – Paula Eiselt (documentary filmmaker) 08/04/2018
    53:14
  12. 20.
    158. Parker Posey (actor) – I See a Dachshund In You07/28/2018
    1:07:06
  13. 21.
    157. The Spiders From Mars – Jason Heller (Hugo Award-winning writer) 07/21/2018
    55:14
  14. 22.
    156. While You Live, Shine – Christopher C. King (Grammy-winning music producer) 07/14/2018
    1:02:00
  15. 23.
    155. Lauren Groff (writer) – We Should Die of That Roar 07/07/2018
    42:46
  16. 24.
    154. Jonathan Safran Foer (writer) – One Thing We Can All Agree Upon06/30/2018
    47:32
  17. 25.
    153. Guns: The Genie and the Bottle – Priya Satia (Historian) 06/23/2018
    47:55
  18. 26.
    152. Where You Gonna Run To? Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo (documentary filmmakers)06/16/2018
    55:14
  19. 27.
    151. Jessica Abel (cartoonist, creative coach) – Practical Magic 06/09/2018
    1:03:16
  20. 28.
    150. David Sedaris (humorist) – Sir David of the Spotless Roadways06/02/2018
    1:00:34
  21. 29.
    149. Yanis Varoufakis (former finance minister of Greece) – Happiness, Inc. 05/26/2018
    56:08
  22. 30.
    148. Jonathan Lethem (writer) – Batman's Greatest Enemy05/19/2018
    56:22
  23. 31.
    147. Ronan Farrow (investigative journalist) — A Failure to Communicate05/12/2018
    41:05
  24. 32.
    146. Think Again LIVE with Kristen Radtke (graphic novelist) – The Fascination of What's Difficult05/05/2018
    56:00
  25. 33.
    145. Michael Gazzaniga (neuroscientist) – The Impossible Problem 04/28/2018
    46:21
  26. 34.
    144. Antonio Damasio (neuroscientist & philosopher) – Where is My Mind? 04/21/2018
    1:01:29
  27. 35.
    143. The Way Brothers (documentary filmmakers) – City On a Hill 04/14/2018
    1:06:46
  28. 36.
    142. Meg Wolitzer (writer) – Messages From Another Planet04/07/2018
    58:13
  29. 37.
    141. Tara Westover (writer, historian) – Nothing Final Can Be Known03/31/2018
    1:00:10
  30. 38.
    140. Martin Amis (writer) – The Spooky Art03/24/2018
    47:33
  31. 39.
    139. Neil Gaiman (writer) – And Then it Gets Darker03/17/2018
    57:32
  32. 40.
    138. Steven Pinker (Cognitive Scientist) – The Defeat of Defeatism03/10/2018
    35:20
  33. 41.
    137. Amy Chua (author, attorney) – U.S. & Them 03/03/2018
    47:37
  34. 42.
    136. Michio Kaku (physicist) – Timid Monkeys on Mars02/24/2018
    50:00
  35. 43.
    135. Niall Ferguson (historian) – The Ghost of Future Past 02/17/2018
    45:31
  36. 44.
    134. Jacob Sager Weinstein (children's author) – Imaginary Histories, Possible Futures02/10/2018
    53:45
  37. 45.
    133. Jeremy Bailenson (VR expert) – Through the Looking Glass02/03/2018
    46:46
  38. 46.
    132. Karl Ove Knausgaard (writer) – The Way I Should Be in the World01/27/2018
    41:41
  39. 47.
    131. Daniel Alarcón (writer) – There's No Such Thing as Glamor, Really 01/20/2018
    57:05
  40. 48.
    130. Mark Epstein, MD (Buddhist psychiatrist) – I, Me, Mine01/13/2018
    56:11
  41. 49.
    129. Fatih Akin (film director) – This Blood-Drenched Earth12/16/2017
    44:21
  42. 50.
    128. Noël Wells (actor/director) – Out of Context 12/09/2017
    59:28
  43. 51.
    127. Manoush Zomorodi (journalist) – The Upside of Downtime 12/02/2017
    1:02:19
  44. 52.
    126. Maya Jasanoff (Historian) – Civilization and Its Discontents11/25/2017
    1:02:40
  45. 53.
    125. Reza Aslan (author) – Deus Ex Hominem 11/18/2017
    51:59
  46. 54.
    124. Juli Berwald (writer) – Our Jellyfish Overlords11/11/2017
    47:39
  47. 55.
    123. (Henry) Rollins, Redux: Monogamy+Genius+Violence11/04/2017
    41:51
  48. 56.
    122. David Eagleman (neuroscientist) – Your Creative Brain 10/28/2017
    43:38
  49. 57.
    121. Van Jones (social entrepreneur) – Blind Spots & Sore Spots10/21/2017
    44:39
  50. 58.
    120. Nancy Koehn (Historian) – Holdin' on for a Hero10/14/2017
    46:23
  51. 59.
    119. Aaron Mahnke (of 'Lore') – The Hunger for Mystery10/07/2017
    47:55
  52. 60.
    118. Stephen Greenblatt (humanities scholar) – Irresistible Fictions 09/30/2017
    55:06
  53. 61.
    117. Kurt Andersen (writer) – The Sleep of Reason 09/23/2017
    52:51
  54. 62.
    116. Claire Messud (writer) – All These Falls From Grace 09/16/2017
    53:09
  55. 63.
    115. Salman Rushdie (writer) – A Permeable Frontier09/09/2017
    56:37
  56. 64.
    114. 2017 Mixtape #2 – Words, Values, Self, Other09/02/2017
    57:34
  57. 65.
    113. 2017 Mixtape #1 – Mind, Body, Authenticity, Artifice08/26/2017
    49:54
  58. 66.
    112. Richard Dawkins (biologist) – Red in Tooth and Claw08/19/2017
    54:00
  59. 67.
    111. Ari Shaffir (Comic) – The Golden Age of Trolling 08/12/2017
    56:52
  60. 68.
    110. Peter Frankopan (historian) – You Can't Stop the Clock08/05/2017
    1:12:21
  61. 69.
    109. Sheelah Kolhatkar (Writer, Former Hedge Fund Analyst) – The Most Dangerous Game 07/29/2017
    44:48
  62. 70.
    108. Jeff Garlin (Comedian) – K.I.S.S. 07/22/2017
    37:55
  63. 71.
    107. Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland (Authors) – The Garden of Forking Paths07/15/2017
    36:12
  64. 72.
    106. Alan Alda (Actor) – The Spirit of the Staircase 07/08/2017
    39:43
  65. 73.
    105. Jennifer Doudna (Geneticist) - Intelligent Redesign? 07/01/2017
    53:09
  66. 74.
    104. Timothy Spall (Actor) – That Double Want 06/24/2017
    58:12
  67. 75.
    103. Liza Jessie Peterson (Playwright, Arts-Educator) – The Sleeping Giant06/17/2017
    49:51
  68. 76.
    102. Paul Theroux (Writer) – Saintly & Scowling 06/10/2017
    1:01:42
  69. 77.
    101. Ariel Levy (Writer) – Big Things That Are Not Talked About06/03/2017
    43:11
  70. 78.
    100. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Astrophysicist) – The Only "-ist" I Am05/27/2017
    44:22
  71. 79.
    99. Mary Gaitskill (Writer) – Their Animal Being05/20/2017
    46:39
  72. 80.
    98. Lawrence Krauss (Physicist) – Lux Ex Machina 05/13/2017
    57:50
  73. 81.
    97. Dean Buonomano (Neuroscientist) – This is Your Brain on Time05/06/2017
    48:41
  74. 82.
    96. Sarah W. Goldhagen (Architecture Critic) – Souls & Spaces04/29/2017
    50:40
  75. 83.
    95. Kory Stamper (Lexicographer) – Lair of the Level 10 Word Mage04/23/2017
    57:22
  76. 84.
    94. Joyce Carol Oates (Writer) – Oh, That's Socialism 04/15/2017
    55:02
  77. 85.
    93. Adam Alter (Social Psychologist) – Ping! 04/08/2017
    50:37
  78. 86.
    92. Elif Batuman (Writer) – The Worst Appetizer in America 04/01/2017
    50:57
  79. 87.
    91. Daniel Dennett (Philosopher) – Thinking About Thinking About Thinking 03/25/2017
    48:41
  80. 88.
    90. Scott Aukerman (Comedy Writer) – The Buttons You Push03/18/2017
    58:21
  81. 89.
    89. George Saunders (Author) – Self-Googling In Hell 03/11/2017
    52:49
  82. 90.
    88. Gish Jen (Author) – The Self in the World03/04/2017
    51:13
  83. 91.
    87. Yuval Noah Harari (Historian) – Time's Up02/25/2017
    49:36
  84. 92.
    86. Ayelet Waldman (Author) – Yourself, Only Better02/18/2017
    52:49
  85. 93.
    85. Ben Goertzel (A.I. Inventor) – The State of the Art of Artificial General Intelligence 02/11/2017
    39:03
  86. 94.
    84. Nato Thompson (Artistic Director) – The Friendly Face 02/03/2017
    48:49
  87. 95.
    83. Matt Taibbi (Journalist) – Bread and Circus 01/28/2017
    43:41
  88. 96.
    82. Bernard-Henri Lévy (Philosopher) – The Mirror of Our Better Selves01/21/2017
    42:41
  89. 97.
    81. Isy Suttie (Comedian) – There's Something a Bit Smug about the Sea 01/14/2017
    1:08:24
  90. 98.
    80. Amani Al-Khatahtbeh (founder: MuslimGirl) – Who Tells Your Story? 01/07/2017
    36:20
  91. 99.
    79. Paul Bloom (Psychologist) – Cold-Blooded Kindness12/31/2016
    48:12
  92. 100.
    78. Peter Godfrey-Smith (Philosopher) – Alien Intelligence12/24/2016
    39:31
  93. 101.
    77. Anne Rice (Author) – In the Blood12/17/2016
    43:57
  94. 102.
    76. Tim Ferriss (Author, Podcaster) – Productively Frivolous12/10/2016
    43:04
  95. 103.
    75. David Salle (Artist) – The Enemy of Art12/03/2016
    40:18
  96. 104.
    74. Jace Clayton AKA DJ/Rupture - Sonic Veils and Revelations11/26/2016
    46:58
  97. 105.
    73. T.C. Boyle (Author) - Lost on Purpose11/19/2016
    41:17
  98. 106.
    72. Slavoj Žižek (Philosopher) - Against Tolerance11/12/2016
    50:33
  99. 107.
    71. Jelani Cobb (Historian) - Shiny New Skin, Same Old Snake11/05/2016
    51:17
  100. 108.
    70. Margaret Atwood (Author) - The Good, The Bad, and The Stupid10/29/2016
    41:06
  101. 109.
    69. Jodi Picoult (Author) - Popular Fictions/Not Yours to Tell10/22/2016
    42:32
  102. 110.
    68. William Shatner (Actor, Author) – Yes, I Am Trying to Win This Podcast10/15/2016
    36:12
  103. 111.
    67. James Gleick (Science Writer) - Everything All at Once10/08/2016
    35:16
  104. 112.
    66. Alton Brown (Chef, Author) - Easy-Bake Oven/Hard Knock Life10/01/2016
    47:01
  105. 113.
    65. Ian McEwan (Novelist) - A King of Infinite Space 09/24/2016
    38:40
  106. 114.
    64. Mixtape #4 – The Writers' Room 09/17/2016
    39:15
  107. 115.
    63. Eric Kandel (Nobel Laureate neuroscientist) - The Eye of the Beholder09/10/2016
    37:21
  108. 116.
    62. Mixtape #3 – a Soupçon of Ornithology09/03/2016
    48:30
  109. 117.
    61. Alison Gopnik (Developmental Psychologist) – Artificial Intelligence/Natural Stupidity08/27/2016
    42:38
  110. 118.
    60. Teju Cole (Writer) – The World is Not a Settled Gift08/20/2016
    40:55
  111. 119.
    59. Jacqueline Woodson (Writer) – Bored Kid Dreaming/Apologies Long Overdue08/13/2016
    34:42
  112. 120.
    58. Mixtape #2 – Staring at the Sea08/06/2016
    45:10
  113. 121.
    57. Mixtape #1 - Lies/Monsters/Friendship/Religion/Space Aliens07/30/2016
    46:24
  114. 122.
    56. Jonathon Keats (Experimental Philosopher) – The Trickster/Castles in the Sky07/23/2016
    47:32
  115. 123.
    55. Mary Roach (Science Writer) – To Nietszche His Own07/16/2016
    32:55
  116. 124.
    54. LIVE! Sarah Jones (actor/playwright) – 07/09/2016
    37:37
  117. 125.
    53. Sean Wilentz (Historian) – The Culture Strikes Back07/02/2016
    35:10
  118. 126.
    52. Jim Gaffigan (Comedian) – You're Attacking My Grandpa? 06/25/2016
    39:26
  119. 127.
    51. Krista Tippett (Author, Host, "On Being") – We Are Made by What Would Break Us06/18/2016
    43:39
  120. 128.
    50. Ethan Hawke (Actor, Author) – The High, Hard Road/Ghosts of the Apache Wars06/11/2016
    48:37
  121. 129.
    49. Geoff Dyer (Author) – Ordinary Epiphanies06/04/2016
    38:21
  122. 130.
    48. Mary-Louise Parker (Actress, Author): Virtual Empathy?/Lessons Relearned05/28/2016
    33:40
  123. 131.
    47. Kate Tempest (rapper/poet/novelist): Lost and Found in South London05/21/2016
    36:20
  124. 132.
    46. Chris Gethard (Comedian) – a Blessing in Disguise05/14/2016
    37:58
  125. 133.
    45. James McBride (Author) – Fear Sells Many a Car/James Brown is a Noun05/07/2016
    33:10
  126. 134.
    44. Douglas Rushkoff (Media Theorist) – Hack the $ystem04/30/2016
    34:00
  127. 135.
    43. Michael Puett (Harvard Chinese Philosophy Scholar) – Freedom Through Ritual 04/23/2016
    32:09
  128. 136.
    42. Joshua Cohen (Novelist) – Scrupulously Messy, by Which I Mean Human04/16/2016
    32:58
  129. 137.
    41. Sarah Kay (Poet) – Kids See Right Through That 04/09/2016
    32:52
  130. 138.
    40. Nikhil Goyal (Education Activist) – Mind in a Box 04/02/2016
    33:06
  131. 139.
    39. Maria Popova (Writer, Editor of Brain Pickings) – The Absurdity of Not Writing Poems03/26/2016
    37:29
  132. 140.
    38. Amanda Palmer (Musician, Author) – Privacy Is Weird03/19/2016
    32:32
  133. 141.
    37. Cory Booker (US Senator) – Cynicism: a Refuge for Cowards03/12/2016
    23:49
  134. 142.
    36. Yann Martel (Author) – The Vacuum of Space Leaves Me Cold03/05/2016
    31:33
  135. 143.
    35. A.O. Scott (Film Critic) – The Right to Be Wrong02/27/2016
    27:00
  136. 144.
    34. Paul F. Tompkins (Comedian) – A Tiny, Cosmic Threat02/20/2016
    27:52
  137. 145.
    33. Marc Goodman (Cybersecurity Expert) – Dark Web/Nigerian Princes02/13/2016
    36:19
  138. 146.
    32. James Doty, MD (Neurosurgeon) – Compassion and The Prison State02/06/2016
    29:14
  139. 147.
    31. Michael Shermer (Author, Friendly Skeptic) – A Dirty Job/We Want to Believe01/23/2016
    24:30
  140. 148.
    30. Howard Gardner (Psychologist) – Porn/Art/Good Work01/16/2016
    23:10
  141. 149.
    29. Sir David Hare (Playwright/Screenwriter) – Kleptocracy/A Thin Skin01/09/2016
    29:04
  142. 150.
    28. Daniel Levitin (Musician & Neuroscientist) – Rats/Risks/Rewards12/26/2015
    28:12
  143. 151.
    27. Alva Noë (Philosopher) – The Upside of Boredom 12/19/2015
    29:22
  144. 152.
    26. Ian Edwards (Comedian) – Sex/Guns/Honesty is Honesty12/12/2015
    27:56
  145. 153.
    25. Sam Harris (Neuroscientist) – Uncomfortable Conversations12/05/2015
    41:00
  146. 154.
    24. Maira Kalman (Artist) – Scared of Math/Psycho Killer11/28/2015
    23:36
  147. 155.
    23. Orhan Pamuk (Nobel Novelist) – Write to Live/No Logic In War11/21/2015
    27:58
  148. 156.
    22. Wendell Pierce (Actor, 'The Wire') – Godot Ain't Coming11/14/2015
    24:17
  149. 157.
    21. Saul Williams (Poet, Musician, Actor) – An Army of Poets/the 10,000 Things11/07/2015
    38:31
  150. 158.
    20. Jesse Ventura (Wrestler, Governor) – Off the Grid/Life on Mars10/30/2015
    21:01
  151. 159.
    19. Ruth Reichl (Food Critic) – Identity Crisis/The Cooking Cure10/24/2015
    18:04
  152. 160.
    18. Junot Díaz (Pulitzer-Winning Novelist) – Double Lives/Hidden Culture10/17/2015
    25:13
  153. 161.
    17. Norman Lear (TV Legend) – An Authentic Horse's Ass/The Capacity to Choose10/10/2015
    23:10
  154. 162.
    16. Jane McGonigal (Game Designer) – Game On!/Death to "Gamification"10/03/2015
    19:31
  155. 163.
    15. Salman Rushdie (Novelist) – Happiness/Monsters09/26/2015
    19:48
  156. 164.
    14. Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner – Free $#!+/Hidden Costs09/19/2015
    18:46
  157. 165.
    13. "Reply All" Hosts PJ & Alex – Future Crime/Personal Yoda/Bonus Track09/12/2015
    25:54
  158. 166.
    12. George Takei (Actor + Activist) – Ego/Focus/Xenophobia09/05/2015
    27:36
  159. 167.
    11. Tina Roth Eisenberg (AKA @swissmiss) – Culture Theory/Color Theory08/29/2015
    21:25
  160. 168.
    10. Mark Epstein (Buddhist Psychotherapist) – Nature/Nurture/Neither08/22/2015
    29:02
  161. 169.
    9. Henry Rollins (Artist), pt. II – American Trauma/The Word "Genius" 08/15/2015
    22:54
  162. 170.
    8. Maria Konnikova (Author) – Mindset/Creativity/Suburban B-Boyz08/08/2015
    20:55
  163. 171.
    7. Baratunde Thurston (Comedian, Cultural Critic) – Stupidity Scaled/Robot Rights/Brand You08/01/2015
    24:23
  164. 172.
    6. Brian Greene (Theoretical Physicist) – Student for Sale07/24/2015
    13:37
  165. 173.
    5. Clint Smith (Poet, Educator) – Genetics/Racism/Harvard07/18/2015
    19:48
  166. 174.
    4. Bill Nye (Science Guy) – Geek Chic/TMI/Future Money07/11/2015
    30:54
  167. 175.
    3. Wendy Suzuki (Neuroscientist) – Brain Health/Consumerism/Women In Science07/04/2015
    21:14
  168. 176.
    2. Henry Rollins (Artist) – Monogamy/Sexual Opportunism 06/27/2015
    17:51
  169. 177.
    1. Jason Silva (Futurist) – Awe/Information Overload 06/20/2015
    16:22
  170. 178.
    Episode Zero – Think Again - Curiouser and Curiouser . . . 06/04/2015
    2:43

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